scherzo

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian scherzo (joke, play), from scherzare (to joke, jest) from Old Italian scherzare, from Lombardic *skerzan (to jump merrily, enjoy oneself, jest) from Proto-Germanic *skirtaną (to hop, jump), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kerǝd- (to dance, jump). Akin to Middle High German scherzen "to frolic, jump merrily, hop up and down" (German scherzen "to joke"; Scherz "joke, sport"), Norwegian skjerta "to joke".

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scherzo (plural scherzos or scherzi)

  1. (music) A piece of music or a movement from a larger piece such as a symphony; especially, a piece of music played in a playful manner.
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers:
      At seven Val knocked – three shorts and one long, out of the scherzo of Beethoven’s Fifth – and I rushed to open.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From scherzare "to joke, play, jest" from Old Italian scherzare, from Lombardic *skerzan "to jump merrily, enjoy oneself, jest" from Proto-Germanic *skirtaną (to hop, jump), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kerǝd- (to dance, jump). Akin to Middle High German scherzen "to frolic, jump merrily, hop up and down" (German scherzen "to joke"; Scherz "joke, sport"), Norwegian skjerta "to joke".

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scherzo m (plural scherzi)

  1. joke, jest, trick, hoax
  2. (something easy to do) joke, trifle, cinch
  3. (music) scherzo

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scherzo

  1. first-person singular present indicative of scherzare